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Wednesday 6th October 2021

Asia

Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-Chan has said that it needs to be on high alert for China’s military activities and has warned China to stop its “provocative actions”. Since Friday Taiwan has reported almost 150 Chinese planes entering its airspace. China does not recognize Taiwan as a country, and says that Taiwan is part of its territory. Taiwan broke away from China in 1949 and has a democratically elected government and is one of the most highly developed countries in Asia. Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida said that he had spoken to US president Joe Biden, and that they were both committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

In Afghanistan a British special envoy held talks yesterday with the Taliban government. The UK foreign office said that Simon Gass was in Kabul yesterday talking with the Taliban about the humanitarian crisis, terrorism, and the need for safe passage for people who want to leave Afghanistan. The UK also said that they discussed the need for girls to return to school. Boys have returned to school in Afghanistan since the Taliban took power, however, the Taliban has said that it isn’t safe for girls to return. It has now been 6 weeks since the Taliban overthrew the democratically elected government, however no country has officially recognized the Taliban. In an interview with a Turkish news company, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the US would have to recognize the Taliban eventually...

Reporter: “Do you expect the United States to recognize the Taliban government?”

Imran Khan: “Sooner or later they’ll have to. At the moment as you can see in the senate hearing; in the media; there is shock, confusion in the US. They are completely surprised by this outcome - of after 20 years the Taliban coming back again. And there is at the moment, finding scapegoats. I feel, very unfairly targeting President Biden. I think it’s unfair, because , what could he do?!”

In India, some workers are being given the right to sit down. Khadija Tahir reports...

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has introduced a new law called "right to sit" to protect the health and well-being of retail workers. According to Invest India, an investment promotion firm, India's retail industry accounts for almost 8% of Jobs. However, workers are often required to stay on their feet for 10-12 hours a day. Tamil Nadu is the second Indian state to introduce this law, which requires store owners to provide proper seating and breaks for their workers.

Australia will buy 300'000 courses of an antiviral pill for COVID19. Molnupiravir, an antiviral drug, has been shown to reduce the chance of hospitalization, serious illness and death by half, although it is still in trials. Molnupiravir could be approved by January. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the purchase of the drug yesterday...

“These treatments mean<s> that we are going to be able to live with the virus. so even in the unfortunate situation that you do contract the virus, then we’ll have the treatments to ensure that ewe can lessen these symptoms, reduce the chance of you ending up in ICU which can put pressure on the hospital systems.”

Americas

In Bolivia thousands of coca leaf growers have taken control of the main coca market in La paz. Groups of coca growers that support the current socialist government and others that support the opposition have been fighting for control of the coca market. Coca is a plant most famous for being used to make cocaine, however it is legal in Bolivia, where it has been used for thousands of years to chew and in tea.

In The United States, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen is encouraging congress to regulate the company. Haugen told Senators yesterday that Facebook had repeatedly lied about its knowledge of how teenage girls suffer from using Instagram. She has also said that Facebook knows that it fuels division in society. On Monday, a worldwide crash at Facebook stopped 2.750 billion people from being able to access Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Africa

In South Africa the biggest union of metalworkers has started an indefinite strike. The metalworkers said that they could block supplies of car parts, as well as stopping work completely, until employers agree to a pay rise.

In Rwanda over 60,000 students will have to re-sit exams because of bad results. The ministry for education has said that the students will be given help.

Europe

In France, most of the world’s governments are expected to agree to a 15% minimum rate of corporation tax on Friday. Almost 140 countries are expected to agree to the minimum tax rate - which is designed to stop multinational companies from moving countries to avoid paying tax.

In Sweden the Nobel Prize for physics has been given to three climate scientists. Syukuro Manabe from Japan, Klaus Hasselmann from Germany and Giorgio Parisi from Italy, were awarded the Nobel prize for their work on computer models of the climate which allow people to predict the affects of global warming.

That’s your World News in 7 minutes. Have we missed an important story? Or do you have a comment or opinion on any news story? You can message us in writing or in an audio message at send7.org . I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.r

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